“No. No. No. I will not listen to that mom. I want to and I will do what I want to.” Shouted Rory and got up from the table.
“Rory, just listen to me for once, you can’t…” Judy tried to make him understand but Rory had stormed out of the room already.
Judy started cleaning the breakfast table, tired by her boy’s behaviour lately. But right now she did not have time to think about this. She was already late for work. This was the third time she would be late this month. Soon enough she’d lose her job if this continued.
Being a single mother was already tough, she loved every bit of the life she had but off lately Rory’s behaviour had her worried. She did not understand why he was being so tough. Rushing through the morning traffic to her work she thought, she’d take Rory to his favourite food-joint this weekend. It would be just the two of them. And have a conversation about this. Rory was a sweet boy who understood life just as it was. Putting on the apron and a smile she was ready to take orders of her regular customers. Judy had worked at this diner for about 2 years now. But she was thinking of getting another job now that her expenses were increasing, with the increasing size of Rory’s shoes.
“Why do you keep on coming here if you are not going to buy anything?” shouted the irritated shopkeeper.
Rory dashed from there. He had a plan. And he only had today to complete what he had in mind. But he first had to go to Mrs. Ottoman’s house to finish his work. He went there quietly, attracting minimum attention to himself. He did not want anyone to know what he was up to. It was a small town where everybody knew everyone and everyone was in each other’s business all the time. Rory did not want his mother to know what he was up to. He completed his work, pull up his jacket, and put his hands in his pocket where the cash was burning in his hands. With a smile of someone who finally got his way, he was on his way to the shop. The shop would be closed in 15 minutes and he had to get there as soon as possible.
“Again? Didn’t I tell you to go away? Why do you keep coming back to get insulted. I’ll call your mother, Rory. You’ve been nothing but a pain to me for the past week. Coming here and asking my staff the same question again and again. Go away you dumb boy.” The shopkeeper kept muttering insults at Rory.
Fuming with anger, Judy turned the keys to her one bedroom apartment. Rory had never given her any trouble, but she thought this was the start of it. She had to talk about it with Rory. He had never been difficult to deal with and she wanted to keep it that way. She wanted her bond with her boy to be the way it was, bond of friends. When she came in the apartment, all things were at its place. Rory was good at cleaning. He, like his mother was obsessed with cleaning.
“Rory, come out this instance.” Judy shouted.
Never had Rory heard his mother shout. Scared, Rory came out of the room with his hands behind his back.
With an attempt to keep her voice in check, Judy said “I got this call from the shopkeeper today, Rory. What is it all about?”
Rory remained silent and brought his hands forward. He had a packet in his hands.
For one moment, Judy thought that her son had resorted to theft. The shopkeeper had called and told her that Rory had been at his store regularly for a week, buying nothing and annoying his staff. He said that he thought the boy was like in hot pursuit of something.
“What is this?” She asked afraid to know the answer.
“Maa, you had seen this dress last week when we went there to buy my shirt. I saw you seeing this dress. So I wanted to buy it for you. I knew you wouldn’t buy it for yourself. So I worked for Mrs. Ottoman in her garden. Earned the money and bought it for you. I hope you like it.” Rory smiled that melted her mother’s heart.
Later that weekend, Judy took Rory out at his favourite food joint like planned. She looked pretty in the dress that had caused such fuss. She blushed when Rory commented she was looking very stunning in it.
Her 8 year old boy’s hot pursuit for her happiness, made her sure that her decision to not get married and be a single mother was right all along.